Todd Kauffman & Mark Thornton
Each with more than 20 years experience in television and feature animation, Todd and Mark are seasoned veterans and prolific contributors to the animation scene. As Directors, they established the look and feel of the first two seasons of the wildly successful mega-hit “Total Drama Island” franchise. They are the creators of the globally distributed animation series “Looped,” “Grojband” and “Sidekick.” Other select credits the feature films Space Jam, Osmosis Jones, Anastasia, Titan AE, and Beauty and the Beast 2. They share two Kidscreen Awards, two Canadian Screen Award-nominations and two Gemini Award-nominations.
David Storey spent 2014 directing and producing the Canadian Screen Award-winning Corner Gas: The Movie. Critics raved and the box office was incredible. Nearly 60,000 movie-goers, more than 7 million TV viewers, 60,000 Blu-rays/DVDs shipped and tens of millions of social media impressions made the Storey-directed Corner Gas: The Movie a ground breaking, multi screen hit. “It’s terrific entertainment, often hilarious,” John Doyle, The Globe and Mail.
After a colourful and varied career through the 70s and 80s that included stints as an actor, musician and Assistant Director, David began directing many CMVA-winning and Juno-nominated music videos. These included “Life Is a Highway” for Tom Cochrane, “Margo’s Got the Cargo” for Stompin’ Tom Connors, as well as hour-long specials for artists such as Anne Murray, Corey Hart, The Rankin family and Rita MacNeil.
These endeavours brought David to the attention of the CBC brass, who invited him to direct a new series called “Comics.” Here, he worked with some of Canada’s best and brightest funny men – including Brent Butt, Ron James and Mark Farrell. From these relationships, David helped pitch and create many successful shows for a number of networks. He directed and, with Ron James, created the pilot for “Blackfly”, a single camera, film-style comedy for the Global Network. He directed the multi-camera, laugh track-driven “The Seán Cullen Show” for the CBC. But the granddaddy of them all was the family friendly, film style, hit comedy Corner Gas which he executive produced and directed.
David and Brent Butt pitched Corner Gas to the CTV network thinking that if they were lucky, they would get one summer’s work and a few good sod busters (Saskatchewan beer). Six groundbreaking seasons, 107 episodes and many rave reviews later, Corner Gas could be the defining Canadian comedy of a generation. Along with an average audience share of 1.52 million, the series was nominated for an International Emmy in 2004, and has won 6 Gemini, 5 Leo, 6 Canadian Comedy, 4 Directors Guild and 3 Writers Guild Awards to date. The show has been sold to markets across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the USA. Storey directed the final episode, which garnered a 3.02 million audience share, setting a record for a Canadian scripted show.
Since the end of Corner Gas, David has been busy as Co-Executive Producer on Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, a miniseries for the CBC as well as executive producing and directing the first two seasons of “Hiccups”, a Brent Butt-created series for CTV. David is currently Executive Producing and Voice Directing on Corner Gas Animated, which will debut on The Comedy Network in 2018.